General Cigar Appoints New Vice President of Marketing

In a recent Press Release from General Cigars just before the 85th IPCPR Convention, it has been officially announced that José de Castro will be starting his new role with General Cigars August 1st, 2017 as Vice President of Marketing.


July 7, 2017, Richmond, VA — General Cigar is pleased to announce that José de Castro will join the company

as vice president of marketing, assuming his new role on August 1, 2017.

A marketing veteran with nearly 20 years of experience, José will play an integral role in strategic planning,

business development and brand building. As such, he will oversee General Cigar’s consumer and

trade marketing, social media, innovation and event platforms including the brand ambassador team.

“José has proven leadership abilities and an enviable record of success in implementing consumer and trade

marketing programs and business development initiatives. His experience and vision will help further define our

brands, deepen engagement and maximize the talent of our marketing team. We look forward to the

contributions he will make toward meeting the evolving demands of the premium cigar category,” said Régis

Broersma, president of General Cigar.

“This is an exciting time in General Cigar’s history and a critical juncture for the handmade cigar industry,” said

José. “I am excited for the opportunity to work with such passionate people in such a dynamic category, and look

forward to increasing demand, delivering boldface innovation and driving significant growth for the company.”

José joins General Cigar from Bertoni Gelato Holdings in Miami, where he held the position of managing

director. Bertoni Gelato is a manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of premium gelato. During his tenure at

Bertoni, José dramatically increased the company’s revenue and expanded distribution.

Prior to Bertoni, José held brand and marketing positions at Altria Group in Richmond, culminating in his role as

head of sales, marketing and business development for the company’s non-cigarette portfolio. Earlier in his

career, José held leadership positions with companies including Procter and Gamble and American Cyanamid in both

the U.S. and South America.

As Vice President of Marketing, José joins the company’s management team and will report directly to President

Régis Broersma. José and his family will relocate to Richmond, VA.

José holds an MBA from the University of Texas. In addition, he received a Master’s degree from Rutgers

University and a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University.

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